[Solved] Acurite PWS
I've spoke with Acurite in regards to the removal of WU's API. They then point me to WU's forum. They also told me that nothing is changing as far as PWS owners and WU.
What options do I have that I can continue to post just the basic readings? I personally don't care about the data. I only want to post my PWS weather to my personal site for my out of town family to see.
First of all, you need to know that WU will change its API for PWS owners too. The only difference is in the dates: for standard users it will be the 31st (2018, December) and for PWS owners it will be later in 2019 (unknown date at this time). So all softwares collecting data from WU will have to be rewritten. This information is confirmed by an official rep. from IBM so I based my position on this. And it's why Weather Station will not allow its users to pull or push weather data (to/from WU) until the new API is published and documented (which I highly doubt).
If I understand well the way you use WU at this time:
- you have a pws which send its data to WU
- you have set Weather Station to collect this data from WU (to display it on your WordPress site)
So (if my assumptions are right, again), you're using WU as a "gateway" between your pws and Weather Station. That's was a use case which was covered by Weather Station, but this will no longer be the case from the December, 27th.
There are 3 solutions to this issues:
- your pws is in this list of compatible brands and services, you just have to set Weather Station to collect directly this station;
- your pws is not in this list but your station can generate one of this file type: clientraw.txt, realtime.txt or stickertags.txt in this case you can set Weather Station to read this file;
- your pws is in this list of Ambient Network supported stations, so you can use Ambient Network like you were using WU... as a gateway.
If you're not in one of these 3 cases, I'm afraid to say Weather Station will not be useful and you will not be able to use it with your pws 🙁
If you like Weather Station, please consider to make a review to help make it known. That would be the best way to thank me...
Hello Pierre et al.,
I have an Acurite 5 in 1 weather station like this: https://www.acurite.com/learn/weather-stations/acurite-5-in-1-sensor
I would ideally like to connect it to my site: iceandclimate.org/data
You can see there now that I have a super horrible looking embed with my weather station data.
I would love to find a better way to do this. I have been reading on this and other sites about the problems WU caused in their transition and their new API. I understand why you don't support integration with WU and that seems like a good decision.
I have also read some about how to integrate WeeWx or other ways of sharing a file based station. I don't have a computer to dedicate to only uploading weather data to the internet, although I understand I could get a Raspberry Pi or something similar to do this.
I am wondering if you might have suggestions about the easiest way to get Acurite weather station data up onto a WordPress site given the changes at WU. I would appreciate any ideas, but particularly those that might be free or cheap. I would like to have an automated solution to post data every few minutes.
On a related note, if I were to replace my current weather station with something different, what would you recommend for integration with your weather station software and for accurate weather observations? I looked at this page here on this site, and BloomSky looks impressive to me, but would love to hear your thoughts. I tried to find a similar discussion elsewhere on this site and did not see it, but please feel free to link to a discussion if I missed it. What is the best weather station to have for good observations and ease of integration with this plugin?
Thanks all! Stay healthy in these challenging times.
Hi Will !
I looked at many different weather stations before deciding to go with a Davis Vantage Pro. Davis is not the most cost-effective solution, but it is hard to beat the selection of sensors and most are traceable to the NIST standard. There is a huge installed base and lots of how-to articles for them. For example, I decided to convert my temperature and humidity sensor to a fan-aspirated sensor, then later found another article that provided instructions to add the power regulator and batteries so that it is now a 24 hour fan system.
I can only speak from my experience with Davis as far as connecting to the Pierre's excellent plugin. The plugin supports the Davis Weatherlink API to directly import data, but of course your station would need to be posting to Davis Weatherlink somehow. Right now, I believe the best solution to be the Weatherlink Live 6100 box wirelessly connects to the sensor suite (ISS) and posts to Weatherlink live. I personally do not even own a Davis console, my system is just the Davis Integrated Sensor Suite (ISS) wireless, and a remote anemometer with a sensor transmitter for that. Everything is wireless which is very nice. No wires to run/bury, and it is all solar powered.
Since the Weatherlink Live 6100 supports local queries via a local API, I wrote my own Python script to extract the JSON data and create a realtime.txt file that is yet another way to get data into Pierre's plugin. I went that route because my Web site is solar powered, and on a local low-power server. It did not make sense to have the data posted up to Davis WeatherLink, then pull it back down to the same LAN when I could extract and consume it locally.
My site is in my signature line. Hopefully some others with different recommendations can provide another perspective for you too.
CWOP Site with photos of station: https://weather.gladstonefamily.net/site/AV564
Davis Vantage Pro-Plus 24Hr FARS
CWOP:KJ4HF WU: KNCSALIS64